“We must bring in a transformative education system rooted in Indian values, thoughts and sense of service. National Education Policy 2020 gives us the direction and path for decolonizing our education and achieving aspirations, creating pride in our languages, culture and knowledge. The components of NEP such as Multi-modal education, Academic Bank of Credits, Multiple Entry-Exit, Skill Development will prove to be milestones in the direction of student first-teacher-led learning”. The Ministry of Education had organised Shiksha Samagam from 7th to 9th July in Varanasi. It provided a platform for eminent academicians, policymakers and academic leaders to deliberate and share their experiences and discuss the roadmap for effective implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The event was attended by more than 300 Academic, Administrative & Institutional Leaders from Universities (Central, State, Deemed, and Private), and Institutes of National Importance (IIT, IIM, NIT, IISER) from all over the country. Addressing the valedictory session of the program, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan made some pertinent points regarding the NEP 2020. He said: “We need to develop forward looking, responsive, world-class higher educational institutions to prepare 21st century-ready students. We have to work to ensure access, inclusivity, equitability, affordability and quality in higher education.
“Shiksha Samagam is a step towards establishing India as a knowledge-based superpower and preparing students for the challenges of the 21st century. There is a need to develop forward-looking, world-class institutions that work on the principle of Student First- Teacher Led learning.” He remarked: “NEP-2020 has been made keeping in mind the needs of the 21st century and the bright future of India. It offers an opportunity to change the colonial education system imposed for economic exploitation. We must include such elements in our universities and education systems so that we can respond to the challenges of climate change and also achieve our development goals.” He added: “We must bring in a transformative education system rooted in Indian values, thoughts and sense of service. National Education Policy 2020 gives us the direction and path for decolonizing our education and achieving aspirations, creating pride in our languages, culture and knowledge. The components of NEP such as Multi-modal education, Academic Bank of Credits, Multiple Entry-Exit, Skill Development will prove to be milestones in the direction of student first-teacher-led learning. “Seeing the enthusiasm of all the scholars, policy-makers and educationists in this three-day program, a new energy and new confidence has been awakened. This Shiksha Samagam is a step towards establishing India as a knowledge-based superpower.” Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan maintained: “The New Education Policy (NEP)-2020 is a big paradigm shift to bring about a new culture in the education system. We must make India a knowledge-based economy in the 21st century, with particular emphasis on developing technology and skills to prepare students for today’s needs. NEP-2020 inspires all of us to work in the spirit of ‘Student First’, keeping the interests of the students paramount. There is a lot of talent in our students. We have to prepare the education system for their merits and teachers are the most important link in the implementation of NEP and this educational movement. NEP-2020 emphasizes on enhancing the capacity of teachers. He further said: “Our Higher Education should be for the student and by the Teacher. Our administration shall do everything to support the teachers in meeting the aspirations of our youth. We must make universities multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary according to the concepts of A NEP-2020, to give special importance to skills development education, and universities are not only responsible for preparing job seekers as well as job creators keeping in mind the current scenario and for this NEP-2020 give special direction to universities. “All of the country’s languages are national languages. We are committed to providing modern education in Indian languages. By providing educational opportunities in Indian languages, we will be able to connect a large part of the education system and promote research and innovation. For the full implementation of NEP-2020 and the development of the country and society, all the universities of the country will have to work together by coming together on one platform.” Earlier, attending a roundtable on translating the vision of the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020), Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the NEP 2020 is a 'knowledge document' of the 21st century and further aims to promote the all-round development of students. The Union Education Minister while calling the national education policy a 'knowledge document' for the 21st century said that it aims to promote the all-round development of an individual and aims to make education accessible to everyone. He also claimed that India has become an epicenter of a knowledge-based economy, further adding that India's contribution to the global economy is significant. In addition to that, Pradhan also highlighted the way education system has reformed and said that it had earlier been rigid but now has become more vibrant, inclusive, flexible, and multi-disciplinary. Also, claiming that people have been assertive and conscious about their 'rights' in the last 75 years, he said that now is the time to work on the path of 'duties'. Notably, calling online education a "new reality", Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also said that the teaching fraternity must build new academy dynamics and come forward to developing quality e-learning content, developing SOPs to ensure online learning is not limited to an exploitive market. Further urging that to create global citizens and meet global expectations, he added that educational institutions must ensure to become 'instruments of knowledge and empowerment'. "We are open to exploring academic partnerships and the NEP is giving a policy framework for that only. We also have to catch up with the rapidly changing job features and requirements for skills. We have a robust number of higher education students who need skilling, reskilling and upskilling to compete in the global job market and be in the ecosystem," he said. By Uday India Bureau